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Sugar, spice, and everything nice is pretty much everything you want during your seven-day period hiatus. Granted, but what about those dreadful PMS blues? You may find a box of cookies to be your only friend amid the bloating, moodiness and headaches. But don’t give in. Instead, pump up your body with the right vitamin-filled foods and you’ll be set. There are actually tons of food options out there that can help alleviate some of your symptoms and help you prepare for Aunt Flo’s visit. So, let’s get down to talking about them so you can breathe free before and during your period. Here’s a list of things that will not only aid you in satisfying your cravings but will also allow you to conquer your symptoms.
Start your day with eggs. A hearty omelet will leave you satisfied and energized for the most part of your day. Since the best defense is to stay ahead of your hunger pangs and a high-protein breakfast that’ll fill you right up is bound to do just that.
Another great source of protein, fish is also rich in Omega-3s and Vitamin D. Superstar salmon is also known to be a mood lifter and reverser of the blues. So season and grill a perfectly fresh salmon, if that’s your thing, and keep the menstrual blues at bay.
Sick of the whole bloating situation? Peel open a banana! Trust us, we’re not monkey-ing around. Bananas are full of Vitamin B6 and potassium which prevent water retention and bloating. Moreover, a lack of potassium in your body can also lead to muscle cramping. Aren’t cramps like the last thing anyone wants? In fact, we’d say, go bananas and work these into your daily diet.
Don’t take that literally. You should never work for peanuts. But in the case of PMS, do it. Now, it’s completely up to you if you like your peanuts roasted or in the form of peanut butter, their qualities remain the same. Like bananas, peanuts are also rich in Vitamin B6. That’s not it though. They are also filled with – wait for it – magnesium. According to researchers, magnesium helps regulate serotonin which is apparently a feel-good chemical in your brain. So what are you waiting for? Munch away!
These magical seeds are packed with nutrients; the two coolest ones being magnesium and manganese. As mentioned earlier, magnesium helps better your mood and prevents water retention whereas manganese has shown to reduce the agitation and stress which is part and parcel of PMS.
Add these things to your PMS diet and try becoming a better version of yourself, even if you’re right in the middle of your menstrual cycle. However, don’t start doing any of the aforementioned things without consulting a medical professional because you don’t want to overdo anything that could prove harmful for you in the long run. Stay happy, healthy and informed!